Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
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The third most important leader in the American political hierarchy, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi will still visit Taiwan. Announced that the visit is scheduled for August 2-3. Pelosi will visit the Taiwanese parliament and meet with the head of the administration of the island, Tsai Ing-wen.
Pelosi promised to be in Taiwan earlier this year, but the trip was rescheduled due to Madame Speaker contracting COVID-19. The White House, then and now, strongly dissuaded her from visiting Taiwan. The inadmissibility of an official trip was discussed in Beijing, where they even threatened to intercept the plane with the American delegation.
Trip abruptly increased the risks of a military confrontation between China and unrecognized Taiwan. Even in Washington, they believe that a demonstrative visit to the island by such a high-ranking politician could lead to a serious escalation of not only Sino-Taiwan, but also Sino-American relations. US President Joe Biden openly stated that the Pentagon does not consider Pelosi’s plans to include Taiwan in his Asian tour program good, but admitted that he was not in a position to influence the speaker’s plans.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has already announced the start of “serious preparations” for the visit. “We have repeatedly expressed to the American side our serious concern over the possible visit of Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan and our strong opposition to this visit,” he said. Chinese Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian.
It is also reported that Beijing conveyed its concern to Washington through unofficial channels, doing so in a very threatening way, also recalling once again that the PRC considers Taiwan to be part of its territory, and the Taiwan issue is the key and at the same time the most delicate in relations between Beijing and Washington.
In the meantime, the Pentagon began to pull aircraft carriers to Taiwan.
As reported radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Principal Fellow, Institute for the USA and Canada Vladimir Vasiliev: “The conflict over Taiwan is inflated today. The Americans act here as provocateurs. Does Pelosi land in Taiwan or doesn’t it matter in terms of changing the balance of power, in terms of fundamentally changing attitudes towards Taiwan? In the short term, no. The containment strategy for China that the United States of America has proclaimed does not begin and end with Pelosi’s visit.”